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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
Monday, August 26
Grand Canyon Sunrise
August 26 Grand Canyon Sunrise

After our three days and nights in Flagstaff, the team was ready to vacate the city noises and again be in backcountry sites, gladly sacrificing water, toilets, and showers for elk manure, starry nights, and the beautiful singing of Kay and Jake. On the evening of the 26th, Stephen Maurer (the American Frontiers creator) and his 15-year-old son Antal invited us to camp with them near the rim of the Grand Canyon so we could witness the sunrise the next morning. I eagerly joined my teammates and after a wonderful Hungarian dinner (that is where Mr. Maurer is from) we drove to a wooded spot and slept under the stars. I had not camped without a tent in a while, and in new areas it is always a new experience. As soon as I snuggled into my Coleman mummy bag, I was dazzled by the sight above me. The sky was filled with stars, and a bright moon shone down, creating shadows that later played with my imagination. I fought sleep for almost a half hour, searching for shooting stars, watching planes, identifying constellations, and seeing satellites creep silently across my field of vision. I lost the battle with my eyelids and slept almost through the night, occasionally having to place my fleece jacket over my head to retain precious body heat. I awoke to the jumbled whispers of Stephen and Antal as they rose and began packing at 5 a.m. With a few mumbled good mornings, we all followed suit and climbed into the vehicles, laboring on down the forest service road that would lead us to the rim of the canyon. Twenty minutes later, my eyes happened upon a sight that can only be partially described with words. The aptly named wonder lay before me in shadows, and I don’t believe my eyes ever adjusted to its unfathomable depth. For a while, the group stood silently at the overlook, absorbing the sight, letting it speak to us. Five minutes passed, then ten, fifteen, and still we stood, waiting for the first crimson rays to envelop the highest points and eventually work their way to the Colorado River far below. I wandered over to Jake and asked the ridiculous question “So what do you think?” No answer. “I have so much to say…” I said, and Jake finished my thought with “…and no words.” Exactly! This is true of so many places we have encountered. As I stood watching the sun rise, I tuned into my other senses, listening, feeling, and touching. The hard rock beneath my feet (and the fact that I do not have wings) was all that kept me on the ground, for I wished to soar like the ravens that caught the breeze - the breeze which whistled in my ears and came at me with a force unlike anything I have felt before. Stephen said that a bird can take flight in the morning and not have to beat its wings a single time during the day. The cool air penetrated my fleece jacket, sending chills down my spine, but I did not move, I could not will my body from that sight. As the sun rose behind me, a new scene was revealed. The landscape, previously shades of gray and black, became alive with color. Kay gives a wonderful description of the colors, and I will not try to improve upon it (read her entry!). Much more could be said about my experience, but I am unable to find words that can give it the justice it deserves. How could anyone not appreciate the beauty in nature? I only question this because I know those who do not, or simply can’t, maybe because they haven’t had an experience that speaks to their soul. My advise is to seek out such experiences, because they can do so much for you, whether it be a lesson learned about the earth or yourself, and for me it is both.
for Monday, August 26
North South Both




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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
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